The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands.  And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.  From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.  God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.  ‘For in him we live and move and have our being’ (Acts 17:24-28).

Did you know that God loves you as much on your bad days as He does on your good days? He really does! How is that possible? Because His acceptance of you is based on your position (in Christ) not your condition (in the flesh).  “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). On the cross of Calvary God took every sin you could ever commit and laid it upon His Son. When you come to the cross as a sinner, He takes all of Christ’s righteousness and wraps you up in it. From that point on He sees you only one way, “in Christ”! From that point on our worth is not based on what we do, but on who we are in Christ. God actually assigned value to you by allowing Jesus to die for you.

Now you may be saying, “I cannot believe that God does not care about what I do”?  And you are right! He does care. God wants you to do good works, but He does not want you to depend on them; He wants you to do them out of love for Him. Once you understand your position, who you are in Christ, you can get off the performance/acceptance treadmill and begin doing the right things for the right reasons.


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